Republican senator to file bill that will make attacks on law enforcement a hate crime


Oklahoma Senate, AP

OKLAHOMA (WFLA) — An Oklahoma senator will file a bill later this fall that would classify any targeted attack or threat to law enforcement as a hate crime.

Under the current law, crimes with specific intent to harm a person based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin or disability are prohibited.

Republican Sen. Casey Murdock says crimes targeted against law enforcement officers should be added to that list.

The bill can be filed as early as Nov. 15 ahead of the bill introduction deadline on Jan. 21.

The 2021 legislative session starts on Feb. 1.

“Attacks against our peace officers are absolutely a hate crime because they are targeted based on their profession,” Murdock said.

The law would protect not only law enforcement, but also first responders, national guardsmen, or military service members.

“After the events this weekend in California – and the terrible attack on our police officers in Tulsa earlier this summer – it’s more important than ever to protect our law enforcement officers and the individuals putting their lives on the line to protect our safety,” Murdock said. “With the hatred and unrest in this country, we must classify these careers as a protected class.

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